Mosaic demonstrates its commitment to environmental responsibility in many ways, including:
- Making investments in non-GHG emitting electricity cogeneration. This helps reduce power purchases from the grid and improves indirect GHG emissions from our phosphate and potash operations.
- Developing natural gas efficiencies in our potash business to reduce our fossil fuel use and limit direct GHG emissions from our operations.
- Focusing on conservation strategies and the protection of sensitive environmental areas in our mining operations.
- Fostering leading-edge practices in habitat development and species relocation.
- Minimizing the footprint of our potash operations.
- Driving innovation and improvement in our Phosphates business in reclaiming mined areas to promote vibrant, self-sustaining ecosystems.
- Supporting 4R nutrient stewardship best management practices to ensure that the right nutrients are used at the right rate, right time, and right place.
Mosaic understands that mineral resources are finite and therefore the efficient extraction, processing and use of phosphate and potash are extremely important to ensure sustainability for the world's farmers. Land stewardship is a top priority in this endeavor, as important habitat functions must be maintained to make this extraction possible.
Mosaic is committed to restoring the land and, where possible, leaving the land in better condition than we found it. To do this, Mosaic's environmental team of experts — including ecologists, hydrologists and environmental engineers — work to develop a plan to recreate a thriving natural environment on the surface as quickly as possible after mining. Before the first bucket of phosphate can be mined, a plan for the reclamation of disturbed areas must be developed and approved by regulatory authorities.
Formerly mined lands have been reclaimed for agricultural uses as well as upland and wetland habitats. Post-reclamation uses include residential, recreational and commercial. Important wildlife habitat corridors are frequently placed into perpetual conservation easements to ensure the availability of this habitat for generations to come. To date, over 20 square miles of important habitat and corridors have been placed into permanent protection.